Effectiveness of Opioids for Pain Control is Questionable while Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation is Recommended

Opioids. They’re in the news. Plymouth doesn’t escape the opioid issue. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology sees some Plymouth chiropractic patients with Plymouth back pain struggle with opioids that were, at one time, prescribed to help them cope with their back pain and now want to be off of them. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology understands and is ready to help Plymouth back pain sufferers find relief without opioid drugs. The effectiveness of opioid drugs for control of Plymouth back pain is doubted while spinal manipulation such as offered at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is suggested.


Low back pain burdens a back pain patient’s life. It’s not a surprise that a back pain sufferer wants a pill to be done with the pain, a Plymouth back surgery to get rid of the pain’s cause now.  Occasionally it’s not that simple: the pill may have unwanted effects or the positive effects may not last very long; the surgery relief may not last or produced an unexpected result. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology appreciates the role of drugs for pain relief when necessary, respects the part back surgery has in a Plymouth back pain sufferer’s journey toward pain relief and a better quality of life. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology also offers complementary care to those back pain relief choices and, for some Plymouth back pain sufferers, back surgery prevention as well as post-back surgery rehab and Plymouth back pain relief.


A recent Cochrane data review of randomized clinical trials on the effectiveness of opioids and other drugs for chronic low back pain decided that the effectiveness is not very good. Opioids’ effects on pain reduction and function improvement are small to moderate and short-lasting compared to placebo. The side effects, serious ones for those who use strong opioids for a long time, were usual. (1) Some patients respond better to drug therapies than others. Researchers found it hard to figure out just how effective drugs like oxycodone and clobazam and imipramine will be for which chronic low back pain patient. (2) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology figures out each Plymouth back pain patient who comes for Plymouth chiropractic care and sets the appropriate treatment plan to secure some back pain relief.


Patients opt for back surgery often for pain relief or a quick fix that will remove the need for pain control drugs. Researchers checked into this idea and reported that many back pain sufferers who were took opioids before surgery expected that surgery would eliminate the need for opioids. Reality shows that of 2491 adults who underwent lumbar fusion back surgery, 1045 took long-term opioids before surgery, and 1094 used opioids after surgery. Of the pre-operative opioid patients, 77.1% continued consuming them long-term, 13.8% occasionally, and just 9.1% discontinued or used them short-term afterward. 34.4% continued with a lower dose while 44.8% continued with a higher dose. Of those who did not use any opioids before back surgery, 12.8% became long-term users.  What was the end result? What do patients need to know who are considering Plymouth back surgery as the ultimate solution to their Plymouth back pain? Lumbar fusion back surgery seldom stopped the long-term opioid use and increased the risk of beginning their use later.  Patient expectations of pain reduction and opioid use reduction demand reevaluation. (3)


Researchers strive to develop guidelines for back pain relief treatment. These guidelines direct that non-effective treatments should not be used (systemic corticosteroids, TENS, traction, electrical muscle stim, benozodiazepines, botulinum toxin injection, etc.) and suggest that clinicians teach and comfort patients, direct them to stay active and do self-care. Acute back pain patients can choose exercise, manual therapy, heat, and NSAIDS. Chronic back pain patients can use exercise, yoga, manual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, rehabilitation, etc. Radicular back pain patients may use exercise, spinal manipulation, NSAIDs.  (4) Plymouth chiropractic care at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology  suits these guidelines. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology offers a Plymouth chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation with Cox Technic, exercise, rehab, and more.

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Schedule you Plymouth chiropractic appointment today with Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology. Opioids are not the only option for Plymouth back pain relief, particularly Plymouth chronic low back pain. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology offers optimism for chronic low back pain relief to Plymouth back pain sufferers wishing to avoid or escape the opioid epidemic.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is worthwhile over opioids for back pain control. 
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